Need help with Copy "Guarantee" Ideas

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Hi Warrior,

I am helping my mom promote her bakery on the Internet. She sells bread and Asian cuisine. I am writing her copy right now for her landing page, but I need ideas on what kind of "Guarantee" to give. She said that there are many people that pull the old, "I don't like this bread.. give me another one" trick. They eat just about all of it then come back and demand a refund or another piece of bread.

Do you have any ideas on what kind of guarantee I can give? Some products they offer are bread rolls, pastries, cookies, egg rolls, and Asian noodle dishes.

Thanks in advance!
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Voss
    The first thing I recommend you do is some market research. See what your competitors are offering or what similar markets offer as a guarantee.

    For instance, here is one I dug up on Google:

    Your total satsifaction with your purchase is essential to me. If you're ever unhappy with something you receive, please e-mail me at or call 1-800-555-1234 and I will give you a full refund or provide a free replacement or subsititution of equal value.

    This site had a not so prominent "satisfaction gurantee" ribbon on the right hand side of his page. You had to click through to get to the actual guarantee.

    When you are looking at the guarantee, don't think from a scarcity point of view (the customers are going to take advantage of me). Rather, think of how many people who are on the fence, trying to decide if they will buy from you, will end up buying because of your guarantee.

    Give a full and open guarntee and happily provide the refund and replacement. The chances are you will have happier customers who will use you time and time again for their bakery needs.

    As for the loosers who will take advantage, well there isn't a whole lot you can do about that. Test your offer and if you have an unreasonable number of people who are going for the refund, and it has a negative impact on your bottom line, then test a different guarantee.

    At that time, AND ONLY at that time, make them jump through some hoops to get your guarntee. Making it harder will reduce the number of returns. But, it will also tick off your customers who have a real issue they need taken care of.

    Good luck Esteban,
    Scott Voss
    • Profile picture of the author esteban307
      Hey there, thanks for the reply. I checked her competition on the Internet and there is no other web presence for her competition. It is a specific cultural niche for the cuisine, and it is a small town. There are plenty of brick and mortar competitors, but none of them have much of an Internet presence.
  • Profile picture of the author Scott Voss
    Yeah, you will need to go a little wider. That's what I meant by similar markets.

    There are tons of bakeries online. The basic business model is the same, just the sub-niche is different (and they ALL sell bread).

    As for the guarnatee language, seriously consider testing something along the lines of what I posted earlier. I think you will be pleased with the results. I use a very similar one on one of my sites and I don't have any problems with returns (and it is a physical product, but not bread).

    OK, now that I have said all of that. I have a question for you specific to her business. Is she selling anything online, or is this esentially a brochure/menu site to get people to come into her store?

    If that is the case, then your intended action for the visitor is not to purchase. Rather it is to have them come into the store. I am not sure how valuable a guarantee would be in getting someone to make a visit to the store. The guarantee is more of a point-of-sale decision influencer (if that makes any sense how I just stated it).

    If that is the case, then the market research would be in the form of going to other restaurants/bakeries/etc. and seeing what their guarantees are and how they display them.

    Take care and good luck,
    • Profile picture of the author esteban307
      Scott and Colm, thanks for your responses.

      Scott -- You bring up an interesting point. We are not selling products via the Internet. We are trying to get them to the store and also trying to get them to sign up to a buyer's list. I plan to give a "free report" with free recipes and a coupon that they can use at the store if they sign up for the email list.

      I'll have to do some research on what other competitors are doing.

      Thanks for your thoughts on this!
  • Profile picture of the author colmodwyer
    I'd just go along the lines of "If this isn't the best damn whatever bread you've ever tasted in your whole entire LIFE, I'll give you your money back in full with a big feckin' smile on my face" - Expand on it a little to make sound more appealing (whatever great qualities the bread has etc) and maybe make your guarantee even bolder (I'll give you another loaf free)...

    ...Which are things I'm guessing your mum has to do anyway for complainers, who won't ever go away.

    At the end of the day it's a matter of testing, but new business from big and bold guarantees tend to outweigh an increase in refunds (if there are any); at least that's what I'm told anyway.


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